New Canadian machine could revolutionize the billion-dollar
pharmaceutical and food industries
TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Pharmaceutical and food industry labs across
Canada will soon be able to save millions of dollars per year due to the
creative minds of Ahmed and Ameer Taha and Lahav Gil, winners of Nytric's
Great Canadian Invention competition.
The Taha brothers and Gil will take home $70,000 in prizes for designing
and building their unique Certo-Ex extraction device, a product that could
revolutionize laboratory operations in the pharmaceutical and food industries.
Currently in prototype development stages, the Certo-Ex device will
streamline the homogenization and extraction process in pharmaceutical and
food nutrition labs by reducing the time for homogenization from the current
standard of 24 hours down to an estimated 30 minutes. According to the
inventors, scientists will be able to work with multiple samples at once in a
sterile environment, rather than the current practice of working with one
sample at a time followed by a sterile cleaning after each sample.
"Nytric is always on the lookout for up-and-coming, impactful
technologies," said Av Utukuri, founder and chief technology officer of
Nytric, the venture technology company that created the Great Canadian
Invention competition. "The judges selected the Certo-Ex because it has the
ability to make a major change in the scientific processes in several
industries, including nutrient, pharmaceutical and environmental analysis. For
these three inventors to see a need and build a creative, technical solution
is a strong example of the innovative skill that exists here in Canada."
Presented in partnership with Canadian Business Magazine, the annual
Nytric Great Canadian Invention competition seeks to find the most innovative,
creative and marketable technology products from inventors across Canada.
McMaster University MBA candidate Ahmed Taha, 22, University of Toronto
Pharmacology PhD student Ameer Taha, 26, and Lahav Gil, founder of industrial
design company Kangaroo Design, beat out more than 200 entries in the national
competition to win $10,000 cash from affiliated law firm Bereskin Parr and
$50,000 worth of engineering services and a $10,000 feasibility study from
"We've always had an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to build great
products," said Ameer Taha, who at age 14 built a fully functioning robot to
help his mother with domestic chores. "We were eager to work with Nytric
because we feel that their technology and engineering skills and business
expertise are unmatched. Winning this competition is a great honour for us,
and we're excited to work with Nytric to bring this product to market."
The Certo-Ex extraction device is expected to be brought to market in
early 2010. As part of the Nytric prize package, the Certo-Ex inventors will
have the opportunity to collaborate with Nytric's engineering team to develop
and refine the electronics and implement the necessary software for the
instrument. Early prototypes will be piloted in the Department of Kinesiology
at the University of Waterloo, and a fully functional prototype is expected to
be piloted with a major commercial lab in late 2009.
Founded in 1999, Nytric is an innovation consulting and venture
technology firm that turns pioneering ideas into successful products. The
Nytric engineering team takes cutting-edge technologies from back-of-a-napkin
sketches to fully-functional, marketable products. Nytric's services span the
engineering spectrum, from hardware and software design to electronics,
mechanics and industrial design. The company also provides fixed-cost
feasibility studies, assists clients with R&D funding applications,
commercializes the finished product and coordinates off-shore or local
manufacturing agreements. With a complete concept-to-market solution and a
shared-risk financial model, Nytric is redefining innovation, providing
innovators and inventors around the world with the resources necessary to
create breakthrough technological innovation worldwide.
For more information, please visit www.nytric.com
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